Well, pardon the phrase but that was a hell of an episode! “Sin-Eater” hits the ground running and Lucifer is definitely not having any kind of sophomore slump. From start to finish they packed in the twists, surprises involving punishing in very public ways, honesty among our characters, and the weirdest motive I think I’ve ever seen in an episode of television. Let’s dive into it shall we?
Lucifer, Chloe, Dan & Mama Morningstar
Lucifer has made no secret of his love of surprises, but once again being surrounded by humanity means he gets to experience some of our more unpleasant… let’s say realities, when family is in town. Namely the shared trait of all moms and their lack of ability to knock or not barge in at exactly the wrong time.
His way of navigating having her in town, and literally walking in on every part of his life is a gift I didn’t realize I wanted till she showed up. Witnessing how he deals with the hot mom puzzle and her waltzing about town (Tricia Helfer is killing it as Mom, btw) and her opinions on learning to be in a “flesh sack” and truly questioning why he has a “human job.” *cough Chloe Decker cough*
Chloe openly wonders at Lucifer how he knows “Charlotte” so well and after understandably assuming she’s another lady of his, gets right to work with her loud and proud civilian consultant. I love their banter, and how easily it’s woven into every episode. They may constantly push each other’s buttons but its easy to see their affection for each other and how well they truly work together.
Anyways, where were we?
The case of the week delves into a man targeting people who deserve punishment, only in a gruesome way that made me happy I ate my dinner hours before watching. (Seriously who came up with the fire crotch motive in the writer’s room – I want to know.) Lucifer jumps from wanting to see who’s copying his work, to being proud of it, to finally wanting to know why he’s punishing and killing people.
The writing leading up to this point showcases how brilliantly crafted each episode is in terms of theme and what our characters are learning. Honesty is the name of the game and Lucifer may not have wanted to be banished to Hell but he does enjoy as he says: “giving people their due.”
Sadly, honesty came to a painful (but necessary) point for Chloe and Dan this week. After bickering back & forth, trying to figure out a good halfway point for their daughter and a trip they planned, Dan came to the realization that as much as they both love Trixie and want to keep on parenting her, trying to force their family together will only hurt the person they both love. Asking for a divorce is not the ending they wanted, but I’m grateful they were both able to “let go of the past.”
Amenadiel, Maze & Linda
Amenadiel is dealing with his own ongoing crisis this week, and while I wish he had been honest with Maze, I’m glad he was willing to step in and help Lucifer with his mystery woman. As surprising as the reunion between him and his Mom was, it rankled me seeing her smoothly manipulate her claws into him so he wouldn’t do as Dad ordered and take her back to hell. She took advantage of his surprise and pain at taking his own mother down to Hell to stay where she wanted.
Grinding my teeth put aside, it was heartbreaking to see him drown his loss of his powers and wings in Chinese and alcohol. Please let someone in Amenadiel! I wouldn’t recommend Mom, but I don’t believe he should deal with this alone.
Maze and Linda met at Lux to discuss her decision to step out on her own and while it may have been brief, I’m all for ladies supporting ladies. Albeit its not usual to see a therapist and a demon therapeutic it out at a bar, but nonetheless it was nice to see Linda out of her office and Maze with a true friend supporting her decision. Which spurred her going to Amenadiel asking him to talk to Lucifer (how classic was it of her to assume he’d been having rebound sex to get over her to explain the booze & Chinese?)
Lucifer was thrown into a rollercoaster of emotion this week, and came to the conclusion that for all his mother’s judgments of every aspect of his life, including still trying to get in good with his father (which I don’t believe he needs, his father did honor their deal) he owns who he is and won’t hide it. He lays down punishment of the worst thing she could imagine, to stay on Earth as “Charlotte Richards” if she truly wants to get to know her sons. She may have agreed – under the guise she believed she was truly human, but given her strength at throwing that man against the wall…its clear that is not the case.
- I hope we get more of Trixie because her sitting there in sunglasses owning it is downright adorable.
- Ella continues to charm with her effervescent personality and ability to be honed in on the job. More banter with Lucifer is something I’m looking forward to with her this season.
- I know I asked this already but come on, how do you come up with a possible motive based off a prank of lighting someone’s crotch on fire? That really is the weirdest plot point I’ve ever seen (and I watched Bones regularly for years).
God help us all Lucifans! What did you think of “Sin-Eater?” Did Lucifer’s declaration make you excited, or the hilarity of his mom around have you rolling like I did?
Lucifer airs Mondays at 9/8c on Fox.